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        Lens Making, the Microscope, and the Telescope | How We Got to Now: Glass

        In the 1590s, a father-son team of lens makers in the Netherlands discovered a new alignment for lenses that allowed them to see tiny objects magnified, paving the way for the invention of the microscope. Understand the unpredictable way that innovation works, and explore the cascade of advancements in disease control and astronomy that 16th-century innovations in lens making prompted with this clip from How We Got to Now with host Steven Johnson.


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